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Day History: August-12

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Famous Birthdays


1503- Christian III of Denmark -(d. 1559)

1566- Isabella Clara Eugenia -Spanish wife of Albert VII, Archduke of Austria (d. 1633)

1604- Tokugawa Iemitsu -Japanese shogun (d. 1651)

1644- Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber -Bohemian-Austrian violinist and composer (d. 1704)

1647- Johann Heinrich Acker -German pastor and educator (d. 1719)

1686- John Balguy -English philosopher (d. 1748)

1696- Maurice Greene (composer)|Maurice Greene -English organist and composer (d. 1755)

1720- Konrad Ekhof -German actor (d. 1778)

1762- George IV of the United Kingdom -(d. 1830)

1774- Robert Southey -English poet and author (d. 1843)

1773- Karl Faber -Prussian historian and academic (d. 1853)

1831- Helena Blavatsky -Russian theosophist and scholar (d. 1891)

1852- Michael J. McGivney -American priest, founded the Knights of Columbus (d. 1890)

1856- Diamond Jim Brady -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1917)

1859- Katharine Lee Bates -American poet and author (d. 1929)

1860- Klara Hitler -Austrian mother of Adolf Hitler (d. 1907)

1866- Jacinto Benavente -Spanish playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1954)

1866- Henrik Sillem -Dutch target shooter (d. 1907)

1867- Edith Hamilton -German-American author and educator (d. 1963)

1872- Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein -(d. 1956)

1876- Mary Roberts Rinehart -American author (d. 1958)

1877- Albert Bartha -Hungarian general and politician, Minister of Defence of Hungary (d. 1960)

1880- Radclyffe Hall -English poet, author, and activist (d. 1943)

1880- Christy Mathewson -American baseball player and manager (d. 1925)

1881- Cecil B. DeMille -American director and producer (d. 1959)

1883- Pauline Frederick -American actress (d. 1938)

1883- Martha Hedman -Swedish-American actress (d. 1974)

1883- Marion Lorne -American actress (d. 1968)

1885- Jean Cabannes -French physicist (d. 1959)

1885- Juhan Simm -Estonian composer and conductor (d. 1959)

1886- Keith Murdoch -Australian journalist (d. 1952)

1887- Erwin Schrödinger -Austrian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)

1889- Zerna Sharp -American author and educator (d. 1981)

1891- C. E. M. Joad -English philosopher and academic (d. 1953)

1892- Alfred Lunt -American actor and director (d. 1977)

1896- Ejner Federspiel -Danish actor (d. 1981)

1897- Maurice Fernandes -Guyanese cricketer (d. 1981)

1899- Ben Sealey -Trinidadian cricketer (d. 1963)

1902- Mohammad Hatta -Indonesian politician, 1st List of Vice Presidents of Indonesia|Vice President of Indonesia (d. 1980)

1904- Idel Jakobson -Latvian-Estonian NKVD officer (d. 1997)

1904- Tamás Lossonczy -Hungarian painter (d. 2009)

1904- Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia -(d. 1918)

1906- Harry Hopman -Australian tennis player and coach (d. 1985)

1906- Tedd Pierce -American animator, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1972)

1907- Joe Besser -American actor (d. 1988)

1907- Benjamin Sheares -Singaporean physician and politician, 2nd President of Singapore (d. 1981)

1909- Bruce Matthews (Canadian Army officer)|Bruce Matthews -Canadian general and businessman (d. 1991)

1910- Yusof bin Ishak -Singaporean journalist and politician, 1st President of Singapore (d. 1970)

1910- Jane Wyatt -American actress and singer (d. 2006)

1911- Cantinflas -Mexican actor, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1993)

1912- Samuel Fuller -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1913- Richard L. Bare -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1914- Gerd Buchdahl -German-English philosopher (d. 2001)

1914- Ruth Lowe -Canadian pianist and songwriter (d. 1981)

1915- Sickan Carlsson -Swedish actress and singer (d. 2011)

1915- Michael Kidd -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2007)

1916- Ioan Dicezare -Romanian general and pilot (d. 2012)

1917- Oliver Crawford -American screenwriter and author (d. 2008)

1918- Sid Bernstein -American record producer (d. 2013)

1918- Guy Gibson -Indian-English commander and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1944)

1919- Vikram Sarabhai -Indian physicist (d. 1971)

1921- Matt Jefferies -American set designer (d. 2003)

1922- Fulton Mackay -Scottish actor and playwright (d. 1987)

1923- John Holt (cricketer)|John Holt -Jamaican cricketer (d. 1997)

1924- Derek Shackleton -English cricketer, coach, and umpire (d. 2007)

1924- Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq -Pakistani general and politician, 6th President of Pakistan (d. 1988)

1925- Dale Bumpers -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 38th Governor of Arkansas

1925- Guillermo Cano Isaza -Colombian journalist (d. 1986)

1925- Donald Justice -American poet and educator (d. 2004)

1925- Norris McWhirter -Scottish publisher and activist co-founded the Guinness World Records (d. 2004)

1925- Ross McWhirter -Scottish publisher and activist, co-founded the Guinness World Records (d. 1975)

1925- George Wetherill -American physicist and academic (d. 2006)

1926- John Derek -American actor, director, and cinematographer (d. 1998)

1926- Joe Jones (singer)|Joe Jones -American singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1926- Wallace Markfield -American author (d. 2002)

1927- Porter Wagoner -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)

1928- Charles Blackman -Australian painter and illustrator

1928- Bob Buhl -American baseball player (d. 2001)

1928- Dan Curtis -American director and producer (d. 2006)

1929- Buck Owens -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Buckaroos) (d. 2006)

1930- George Soros -Hungarian-American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Soros Fund Management

1930- Kanagaratnam Sriskandan -Sri Lankan engineer and civil servant (d. 2010)

1930- Jacques Tits -Belgian-French mathematician and academic

1931- William Goldman -American author, playwright, and screenwriter

1932- Sirikit -Thai wife of Bhumibol Adulyadej

1932- Dallin H. Oaks -American lawyer, jurist, and religious leader

1932- Charlie O'Donnell -American radio and television announcer (d. 2010)

1933- Parnelli Jones -American race car driver

1933- Frederic Lindsay -Scottish author and educator (d. 2013)

1934- Robin Nicholson (metallurgist)|Robin Nicholson -English metallurgist and academic

1935- John Cazale -American actor (d. 1978)

1937- Walter Dean Myers -American author and poet (d. 2014)

1938- Jean-Paul L'Allier -Canadian lawyer and politician, 38th List of mayors of Quebec City|Mayor of Quebec City

1939- Michael D. Antonovich -American politician

1939- Skip Caray -American sportscaster (d. 2008)

1939- George Hamilton (actor)|George Hamilton -American actor and producer

1939- David King (chemist)|David King -South African chemist and academic

1939- Roy Romanow -Canadian lawyer and politician, 12th Premier of Saskatchewan

1940- Eddie Barlow -South African cricketer and coach (d. 2005)

1940- Michael Brunson -English journalist

1941- L. M. Kit Carson -American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1941- Réjean Ducharme -Canadian author and playwright

1941- Dana Ivey -American actress and singer

1942- Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt -German physician and author

1943- Deborah Walley -American actress and singer (d. 2001)

1945- Ron Mael -American keyboard player and songwriter (Sparks (band)|Sparks and Halfnelson (band)|Halfnelson)

1946- Deborah Howe -American author (d. 1978)

1946- Terry Nutkins -English television host and author (d. 2012)

1947- Sam Rosen (sportscaster)|Sam Rosen -American sportscaster

1948- Siddaramaiah -Indian politician, 22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka

1948- Sue Monk Kidd -American author

1948- Graham J. Zellick -English academic and jurist

1949- Panagiotis Chinofotis -Greek admiral and politician

1949- Mark Knopfler -Scottish-English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Dire Straits and The Notting Hillbillies)

1949- Lou Martin -Irish-English pianist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2012)

1949- Alex Naumik -Lithuanian-Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2013)

1949- Rick Ridgeway -American mountaineer

1950- Jim Beaver -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1951- Willie Horton -American murderer

1952- Chen Kaige -Chinese actor, director, and screenwriter

1952- Kalevi Kull -Estonian biologist and academic

1954- CY Leung -Hong Kong politician, 3rd Chief Executive of Hong Kong

1954- Ibolya Dávid -Hungarian lawyer and politician, Minister of Justice of Hungary

1954- François Hollande -French politician, 24th President of France

1954- Sam J. Jones -American actor

1954- Pat Metheny -American guitarist and songwriter (Pat Metheny Group)

1955- Ann M. Martin -American author

1955- Heintje Simons -Dutch singer and actor

1955- Terry Taylor -American wrestler

1956- Bruce Greenwood -Canadian-American actor

1956- Sidath Wettimuny -Sri Lankan cricketer

1957- Friedhelm Schütte -German footballer

1958- Jürgen Dehmel -German bass player and songwriter (Nena)

1959- Amanda Redman -English actress

1960- Laurent Fignon -French cyclist (d. 2010)

1960- Greg Thomas -Welsh-English cricketer

1960- Eduardo Tokeshi -Peruvian painter

1961- Roy Hay (musician)|Roy Hay -English guitarist, keyboard player, and composer (Culture Club)

1961- Lawrence Hayward -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Felt (band)|Felt, Denim (band)|Denim, and Go Kart Mozart)

1961- Mark Priest -New Zealand cricketer

1963- Kōji Kitao -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 60th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna

1963- Sir Mix-a-Lot -American rapper, producer, and actor

1963- Britt Morgan -American porn actress, director, and producer

1964- Katherine Boo -American journalist and author

1965- James DuMont -American actor and producer

1965- Peter Krause -American actor and producer

1966- Tobias Ellwood -American-English captain and politician

1967- Andy Hui -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actor (Big Four (band)|Big Four)

1967- Andrey Plotnikov -Russian race walker

1967- Regilio Tuur -Dutch boxer

1968- Thorsten Boer -German footballer and manager

1968- Andras Jones -American actor

1968- Ülar Mark -Estonian architect

1968- Kōji Yusa -Japanese voice actor

1969- Aga Muhlach -Filipino actor

1969- Tanita Tikaram -German-English singer-songwriter

1969- Stuart Williams (cricketer)|Stuart Williams -Nevisian cricketer

1970- Charles Mesure -English-Australian actor and screenwriter

1970- Toby Perkins -English politician

1970- Jim Schlossnagle -American baseball player and coach

1970- Anthony Swofford -American soldier and author

1971- Michael Ian Black -American comedian, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1971- Yvette Nicole Brown -American actress and singer

1971- Rebecca Gayheart -American actress

1971- Pete Sampras -American tennis player

1972- Mark Kinsella -Irish footballer and manager

1972- Takanohana Kōji -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 65th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna

1972- Gyanendra Pandey -Indian cricketer

1972- Del the Funky Homosapien -American rapper and producer (Hieroglyphics (group)|Hieroglyphics, Deltron 3030, and Gorillaz)

1973- Muqtada al-Sadr -Iraqi politician

1973- Joseba Beloki -Spanish cyclist

1973- Jonathan Coachman -American basketball player, wrestler, and sportscaster

1973- Todd Marchant -American ice hockey player

1973- Richard Reid -English terrorist, attempted the 2001 shoe bomb plot

1974- Matt Clement -American baseball player and coach

1975- Casey Affleck -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1975- Beatrice Neumann -German-American photographer

1976- Wednesday 13 -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13, Murderdolls, Bourbon Crow, and Gunfire 76)

1976- Pedro Collins -Barbadian cricketer

1976- Mikko Lindström -Finnish guitarist (HIM (Finnish band)|HIM and WhoCares)

1976- Brad Lukowich -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1976- Richard McCourt -English comedian and actor

1976- Henry Tuilagi -Samoan rugby player

1976- Antoine Walker -American basketball player

1977- Plaxico Burress -American football player

1977- Jesper Grønkjær -Danish footballer

1977- Park Yong-ha -South Korean singer and actor (d. 2010)

1978- Chris Chambers -American football player

1978- Hayley Wickenheiser -Canadian ice hockey player

1979- D. J. Houlton -American baseball player

1979- Cindy Klassen -Canadian speed skater

1979- Austra Skujytė -Lithuanian pentathlete

1980- Maggie Lawson -American actress

1980- Dominique Swain -American actress

1980- Matt Thiessen -Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Relient K)

1980- Jade Villalon -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress (Sweetbox)

1981- Tony Capaldi -Norwegian-Irish footballer

1981- Djibril Cissé -French footballer

1981- Riin Tamm -Estonian geneticist and academic

1982- Iza Calzado -Filipino actress

1982- Alexandros Tzorvas -Greek footballer

1983- Kana Asumi -Japanese voice actress and singer

1983- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar -Dutch footballer

1983- Meryem Uzerli -Turkish-German actress

1983- Manoa Vosawai -Italian rugby player

1983- Mark Webster (darts player)|Mark Webster -Welsh darts player

1984- Yua Aida -Japanese porn actress and model

1984- Martin Goeres -German actor and stuntman

1984- Bryan Pata -American football player (d. 2006)

1984- Marian Rivera -Spanish-Filipino actress and singer

1985- Franck Moutsinga -German rugby player

1985- Charlotte Salt -English actress

1986- Kyle Arrington -American football player

1986- Electra Avellan -Venezuelan actress

1986- Elise Avellan -Venezuelan actress

1986- Kateryna Bondarenko -Ukrainian tennis player

1986- Holley Ann Dorrough -American model

1988- Justin Gaston -American singer-songwriter and actor

1988- Leah Pipes -American actress

1989- Tom Cleverley -English footballer

1990- Mario Balotelli -Italian footballer

1990- Enzo Pineda -Filipino actor and dancer

1990- Marvin Zeegelaar -Dutch footballer

1990- Martin Zurawsky -German footballer

1991- Jesinta Campbell -Australian model, Miss Universe Australia|Miss Universe Australia 2010

1992- Isabella Escobar -Guatemalan tennis player

1992- Teo Gheorghiu -Swiss-Canadian pianist and actor

1992- Cara Delevingne -English model, actress, and singer

1993- Luna (singer)|Luna -South Korean actress, singer, and dancer (f(x) (band)|f(x))

1993- Rodrigo Alborno -Paraguayan footballer

1993- Ewa Farna -Czech singer-songwriter

1996- Torri Webster -Canadian actress